Pakistan Army is set to receive the 2nd batch of SH-15 Self-Propelled Howitzers. A ceremony was also held in China to mark the production of 56 SH-15 for the Pakistan Army. SH-15 is the export variant of PCL-181 howitzer, designed & developed by a Chinese company, NORINCO. Pakistan Army commissioned the first batch of SH-15 guns on 15 March 2022 and this gun was also part of the Pakistan Day parade in 2022.
The SH-15 is the export variant of the PCL-181 truck-mounted 155mm self-propelled howitzer. The SH-15 is based on a Shaanxi 6×6 truck chassis with an armored cabin. The SH-15 Howitzer has a 155mm 52-caliber howitzer that can fire a wide range of shells. Moreover, this howitzer is also equipped with a world-leading automatic fire control system (AFCS). The SH-15 PC has a total combat weight of 25 tons. This weight lies within the cargo capability of any medium-weight transport aircraft. Thus, these howitzers can be quickly airlifted by means of PAF’s Il-78 strategic air lifters.
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